‘Spotters paid £200’
1 Theft by scooter
300cc machines are the top choice for getaway vehicles. They’re quick and powerful enough to allow a gang member to push a stolen bike along with his foot while riding the scooter. This is becoming the most common method of stealing bikes.
Spotters are being employed by thieves at £200 per location. They ride around and search for good quality bikes, which are subsequently stolen.
3 Reverse tracking
Thieves are using inexpensive, easy-to-make laptop operated tracking devices to track their prey. With just a small battery and instructions from the internet they can fix one to a machine they want and track it to its home location without spooking the owner. If they steal the machine the device can be used again.
Check for holes in the door of your van or garage as thieves are buying cheap endoscopes for a peek inside.
5 Stripped on the move
There are specialist couriers who are expert in the criminal protocol necessary to cross borders. These organised gangs own giant transporters, which are on the move 24/7 with mechanics in the rear, stripping bikes as they travel through Europe delivering and collecting stolen bikes and parts.
6 Clone wars
Stolen bikes are cloned by experts in order to replace a crashed or inferior bike with a new or better stolen example. To do this the identity numbers (frame and engine) are erased and/ or altered on the stolen bike to match those of the inferior machine. This is done so well that many people (including dealers) have been fooled. The bikes are often traded into dealers as deposits on new machines, which are then obtained on false credit details – causing many dealers to go bust. Stolen bikes are also stripped and rebuilt using genuine frames with matching V5s. And other bikes are simply stripped down into parts and sold.
The bike has had its steering lock smashed and scooter boy is pushing it along
Thieves hide a homemade tracker on your bike and find where it’s kept
Doctored number used to read 0066357
And this one should be A371097